Thursday, December 4, 2008

"Tips from an Underage Overachiever"

Written by: Lauren Viner

Last week, in between preparing myself to leave for work and trying to finish my coffee without spilling all over myself, I was inspired by this young person who was being featured on Breakfast Television. I had to sit down and listen to what he had to say.

His name was Bilaal Rajan, a 12 year old boy from Richmond Hill, who had just published his first book which he was promoting on the show. The book, entitled, Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever provides kids with tips on how to fundraise. He wanted it to empower youth and show them that they can make a difference in the world.

To date, he has raised over $5 million for UNICEF through fundraising efforts, and is the youngest ambassador EVER for UNICEF worldwide. I found this absolutely incredible.

He sounds like such a wonderful kid, and he wants to do so much good in the world. I look forward to seeing what else he will be able to do as he gets older… maybe even goes to high school. Do I see a younger Craig Keilberger here? He has so much to offer. I only hope that he is able to spread his message to the youth and really get kids to see that it is his generation who will help make the world a happier, safer and healthy place to live, no matter what country you are from.

For more information on Bilaal Rajan or his book "Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever" go to

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